Salpicão, a Brazilian Chicken Salad, is as varied and unique as the American Waldorf Chicken salad. Cooks around the world have their own recipe and ideas for this delicious dish, perfect for hot summer days. However, similarities remain with common ingredients: chicken, apples, raisins and a mayonnaise base.
We love it with the addition of scallions, nuts, and pineapples.
What makes this dish particularly easy and quick is using a rotisserie chicken. It adds a juicy element that only enhances it’s already delicious taste!
SALPICÃO: Brazilian Chicken Salad
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 red onion, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick rings
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
2 cups celery, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
2 cups fresh pineapple, diced or (16-ounce canned pineapple, drained and diced)
1/2 cup raisins
2 apples, peeled and finely diced (we like 1 green and 1 red apple)
1 cup light mayonnaise (perhaps a bit more if you like it creamier)
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
Finely shred a rotisserie chicken, using a 4 cups and place in a large bowl. Add carrots, celery, and leaves, parsley, scallions, raisins and apples. Add lime juice and gently stir.
Add mayonnaise and gently combine until it’s all incorporated. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish optionally and popularly with vegetable chip sticks and red onion rings.
Serve as a sandwich on your favorite bread or brioche bun, a salad, or as a side.